Building a LARGE Coast Salish Plank House Model

Students in Mr. Gauvin’s Grade 4/5 class were encouraged to apply what they had learned about Coast Salish long house design to creating a much larger model in the Learning Commons. The students worked in teams with each group having different responsibilities. As the project progressed, students shifted teams so they could try different aspects of the building. It was a great success.

One team was solely responsible for cutting of tape ready to use. This made the process a lot smoother and helped prevent lost tape ends. Another team made the support poles with rolled paper and rafia.

Boxes of discarded books waiting for disposal were used as corner supports.

‘Smoke’ was added to the central post.

We did not have any good cutting tools so the cardboard was used as is.

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